Elephants! The largest living mammal walking this earth. An exciting an anxious moment when surrounded by these gentle giants. A heart raising moment for anyone.
With sheer strength and power, my experiences with elephants have always been inquisitive,
watchful with acceptance.
Elephants are extremely social within their group, which contains a few females and offspring. Once the male bulls are old enough, they become loners or join other male bulls in a small group.
An elephants trunk is their multi tool used for anything possible.
Numerous times I have surprised them by driving through dense bushland, or they surprised me coming out of nowhere. For an animal this size, they disguise extremely well.
There are numerous smaller herds in South Luangwa National Park, up to 10 elephants per group.
Often seen near water during the hotter period of the day,
quenching an elephant sized thirst.
They do like to stay in the shade under trees as well.
Some trees give more shade than others.
Elephants cover long distances each day to satisfy their enormous hunger. Often crossing rivers, outside the National Park’s jurisdiction.
Consisting of one to two juniors per herd, these are extremely joyful to watch.
Mostly accompanied by an adult, these youngsters often roamed freely and playfully.
Always under mom’s watchful eye. I could, and have sat for hours in the car watching them just munching on some not so juicy branches. A family member was never far off.
Particularly cute is when junior set his ear straight and looks right at you.
Or just kicking up the dirt.
There really is something magical about these gentle grey giants.
Black and white photos work very well
when the sun casts some shadows over body or face.
Play fights are an important lesson for life ahead.
Reading an elephant’s body language is very important. It was obvious that this short tailed young bull was looking for a partner to trunk wrestle.
Although he picked on a much smaller bull,
mom was quick to intervene.
Others seemed a bit more serious like these two.
Pushing and shoving with their trunks locked up, this was an even match. A memorable moment to watch.
I have taken hundreds of elephant photos already. If they keep posing in front of my lens, I will take a hundred more.